Teen driver receives juvenile camp sentence for fatal DUI accident

RANCHO SANTA FE — A 17-year-old Torrey Pines High School senior was sentenced to probation and up to 547 days in a juvenile camp relating to a drunken driving accident, which killed one classmate and left another seriously injured.
Judge George “Woody” Clarke ordered the teen to serve a minimum of 283 days at Camp Barrett in connection to an early morning Oct. 4 single-car crash on a winding section of La Granada near the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.
The 17-year-old driver, whose name has been withheld because he is a minor, is expected to receive treatment for alcohol abuse during his confinement. He pleaded guilty in November to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Authorities said the accident occurred when the driver, who had a blood alcohol level of .10 an hour after the accident, rolled his 2008 Mazda 3 around 1:45 a.m. while traveling at a high rate of speed.
Alex Capozza, 17, died at the scene, while 17-year-old Jamie Arnold suffered a head injury.
Police said neither victim was wearing their seatbelts.
All four teenage passengers were students at Torrey Pines High School.

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